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Just days before Apple's recent educational announcement, one toymaker was busily demonstrating the AppCrayon classroom stylus to a conference of California's Kindergarten teachers. The reaction was overwhelmingly positive and the verdict was clear. Teachers want a stylus. This was not entirely surprising for the folks at DANO Toys who designed the AppCrayon with input from professional educators and beta-tested it in classrooms across the globe for almost a year."By pairing a stylus with letter-writing, drawing, note-taking and other apps, DANO Toys has found a way to meld the new, forward-th
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inking iPad education program with traditional educational methods," says DANO Toys Education Director Chelsea Monahan. "Despite using a touchscreen device, students are still able to hold a pencil-like stylus to develop the motor skills that are necessary for printing, cursive and drawing." (more...)

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MacWorld|iWorld officially kicked off today, and there were over 80 iOS apps highlighted in the Mobile Apps Showcase. We found our app of the day in the showcase, and it’s FavorIt from 2x6Apps. The app is geared towards app discovery by connecting you with your friends’ favorite apps. Rather than providing the most liked apps from random people or App Store activity, FavorIt focuses on your favorite friends. There are some people who’s opinion you trust, and their app picks are definitely intriguing to you.

FavorIt provides the back engine to make it easy to connect your favor
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ite Facebook friends and favorite apps. The app is as simple as selecting your five favorite apps, and all of your friends doing the same thing. Then you get to see your closest friends’ selections, and download them yourself to see if they become your favorites. It’s effortless to swap out apps, though it would be nice to see more choices beyond five. Also, the app only focuses on Facebook Connect, and could use the same type of friend integration with Twitter and contacts.
As it stands, more people use Facebook than anything else, and now your friends just need to download the app along with you to take full advantage of FavorIt. FavorIt is free, but it just focuses on iPhone apps at this point.
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